So, I’ve read nothing on Jihad except a few Wikipedia paragraphs and I can immediately see that “struggle in the way of God” is a good but misleading phrase.
(To be fair, anything as short as a phrase probably has to be misleading.)
I like it because I can interpret God as Truth or Perfection (and surely that’s what God is anyway, right?) and I think there is merit in that quest for Truth which we’ve all embarked upon. I don’t like it because it can be interpreted as violent struggle with other people. As well as that fine and dandy struggle with the self or with ideas.
And that’s not even proper exegesis stuff because the phrase is taken out of context. But seriously, how many people calling themselves mujahideen have taken it in context?
(I assume not many, I guess I could be wrong. I haven’t looked at the context either.)
Therefore (bringing this stream of thought to a close) I am a reconciliatory weirdo who has a massive problem with language. Just talking about Islam or Christianity or Science and claiming I can interpret any of it seems to be get at least someone really riled up. No one gets what I’m thinking. Their own thoughts and the words get in the way. Understandably. Naturally. So I’m trying to be even more co-operative and compatible, and actually understand what they’re thinking, then explain what I’m thinking in their terms. Then we can have a proper conversation.
But it’s fucking hard to do.
– My Mission Statement 04/06/2014 “Understand stuff”